Football, boxing, hockey—these sports are the first that come to mind when thinking of organised sports that require the wearing of a mouthguard for protection during training and games.
But did you know that there are many more sports that risk contact to the face, and whereby wearing a mouthguard is definitely a good idea?
The Australian Dental Association lists the following sports where there is a significant risk of injury to the teeth:
- water polo
- BMX bike riding
- horse riding
- in-line skating
- water skiing and
- snow ski racing.
Mouthguards are not typically worn for many of these sports, but perhaps it’s time to start a new trend. In an impact, a well-fitted sports mouthguard will either prevent or minimise damage done to teeth, soft tissues and the jaw.
Whatever sport you are involved in, have fun this year, and play safe!
Download Our Guide To Dental First Aid
Click here to download, and please consider sharing this information with others! If you are a coach, keep it close during training and games in case Dental First Aid is needed.